Updated April 30, 2021
For updates and developments on UMF’s ongoing response to COVID-19, visit UMF Communication Updates
Looking Ahead to Fall 2021: UMaine System Chancellor Expects UMF to Return to In-Person College Experience
I’m happy to let you know that we are announcing later this morning that we expect to welcome our students, faculty and staff back to our university campuses this fall to safely resume the most traditional in-person college experiences we all took for granted before the pandemic.
That’s right. We expect to return as normally as possible this coming fall.
We’ve been together safely through this challenging year by following the recommendations of our UMS Scientific Advisory Board, Maine’s public health authorities, and the testing, masking, social distancing and other public health measures we have in place. Now, with the promise of a Maine spring and summer ahead, with public health restrictions easing and with new confidence stemming from the growing numbers who can and will receive the pandemic-ending vaccines that are available, it feels like we can finally say that the pandemic’s grip is loosening. So we’re kicking our planning into high gear to provide the most traditional, on-campus college experiences this fall that we can safely manage.
I should be clear, though. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our university communities, remains our top priority. So does respect for Maine’s public health authorities and their guidance. We’ve been able to limit the spread of COVID in our university communities because of these commitments. We’re going to keep following them. That means social distancing and face coverings everywhere on our campuses will continue to be the rule as we complete the semester and manage university events. And we’ll continue to test everyone in our in-person community every week through commencement. It’s also true that working through the pandemic has shown us new opportunities and, in some cases, new ways of doing business. We intend to learn from these experiences as we work to return to near normalcy this fall.
I owe all of you my thanks. Your discipline and concern for the welfare of everyone in the UMS community and the state has kept us safely together through what has been perhaps the most challenging year in our lifetimes. That same resilience and commitment will make our fall return to normalcy both safe and rewarding.
I’m looking forward to it.
Dannel P. Malloy
University of Maine System Chancellor
University of Maine at Farmington campus spaces and buildings are open only for official University business. Campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public, although campus offices that serve the public will continue to do so.
Visitors are permitted on UMF property only for the specific purposes. See the Question below: “Are there specific protocols and policies regarding campus visitors?”
All visitors must check in with the Conferences and Events Office located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center (111 South Street), adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department, or registered student organization.
Frequently Asked Questions for the General Public & Visitors
We realize you have lots of questions, probably more than we can possibly answer on a single FAQ page. This FAQ is a work in progress and we will add to it. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The last day of classes this Spring is earlier than usual — Friday, April 30 with Finals beginning Monday, May 3. Commencement was held earlier, as well, Saturday May 8. Students typically move out between the last day of classes and Commencement. See the Academic & Student Housing Calendar for details.
Yes. All general public and visitors, students, faculty and staff are required to wear an appropriate face covering at all times on the Farmington campus, property and facilities — indoors and outside. See details here Safe Return to Farmington (pdf)
In general, face coverings should have multiple layers covering the nose, mouth and chin and be secured snugly with ear loops or ties behind the person’s head.
UMF provided students and employees two approved face coverings, but they are also asked bring some of their own if possible. Approved face coverings are also on sale at the University Store on Main Street.
“Cloth Face Covering” as defined by our Maine civil authorities is a protection that covers the nose and mouth; fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; is secured with ties or ear loops; has multiple layers of fabric which cover the nose, mouth and chin; allows for breathing without restriction; and is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.
Accepted: Cloth face coverings as defined above, clear masks, dust masks, disposable masks and KN95s are approved face coverings.
Not accepted: Respirators or face coverings with exhalation valve, neck gaiters, bandanna-style coverings with an open bottom, face shields by itself (without also wearing a cloth face covering), “creative” face coverings including a paper bag, Halloween mask, goalie mask, etc.
See the UMaine System’s Do I need to wear a face covering? for a lengthy description and images as to what does and does not meet the System requirements.
In addition to face coverings, the general public, visitors, students, faculty and staff must socially distance themselves at all times.
Yes. There are a number of changes in what it is required to visit the University of Maine at Farmington campus.
This policies apply to all visitors to property owned or leased by UMF. This policy is meant to supplement — not replace — any federal, state or county health and safety regulations with which UMF must comply.
See the Policy Regarding Campus Visitors During COVID-19 (pdf)
Some highlights of the Campus Visitors Policy:
- UMF campus spaces and buildings are open only for official University business
- Campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public
- Visitors are permitted on UMF property only for these specific purposes
All visitors must check in with the Conferences & Events Office email@example.com tel: 207-778-7344, located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center at 111 South Street, and adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department or registered student organization.
- Invited speakers or hired performers/artists
- Family member of a registered student who is supporting a student related to an emergency health situation
- An individual who has research needs that require in-person library access
- Prospective or admitted students and their families for Admissions, recruiting or other hosted events
- Donor visits arranged by Institutional Development
- Hired contractor and vendor services for official University business
- Prospective rental clients hosted by the Conferences & Events Office
- Other visitors, on official University business, as approved by the relevant Dean or Vice President
Additional details in the Policy Regarding Campus Visitors During COVID-19 (pdf) include specific information regarding:
- Requirements for Visitors
- Visits by Family and Friends
- Employees of vendors or independent contractors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time
- Vendors and suppliers of goods and services to be delivered to or performed on campus
- Construction contractors
- Requirements for hosting visitors
- Exception requests
Yes. All visitors must check in with the Conferences & Events Office firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 207-778-7344, located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center at 111 South Street, and adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department or registered student organization. The exception to this process is when a program has received prior approval as outlined above.
- The Conferences and Events Office will be open 8:00am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. If a department has a speaker, classroom guest, performer, etc., who needs to check in after 4:30pm or on the weekend, arrangements need to be made 48 business hours prior to the arrival. Please phone 207-778-7344 or email email@example.com for additional information.
- Speakers at campus events will need to adhere to the same policy UMF has set regarding classroom instruction. That is, face coverings must be worn at all times, including when lecturing. Speakers may not remove their face covering for water breaks unless those breaks are taken outdoors and must follow standard physical distancing guidelines.
- Unless otherwise identified below, visitors must follow health and safety protocols adopted by UMF and as required by federal, state, or county regulations. This includes, but is not limited to: self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus; complying with UMF’s face-covering policy; and regular hand washing.
Fitness & Recreation Center and Mainely Outdoors
Visitors to UMF Fitness & Recreation Center and Mainely Outdoors do not need to check in with the Conferences & Events Office, as they will be checked in at the entrances to both of those facilities.
Mantor Library is open to the public by appointment only for research needs and at the discretion of the Library Director on a case-by-case basis. Curbside checkout service is available to public Mantor Library patrons. Open access to the building, however, remains keycard only — meaning only UMF students and staff may enter.
Appointments for the public must be made 24 hours in advance. To arrange for an appointment or curbside pickup, contact Mantor Library at 207-778-7210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visits by Family and Friends
Personal visitors, including family members and friends of students or employees, are not allowed on campus except as specifically described herein.
Employees of Vendors or independent contractors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time
Employees of University Vendors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time (for example, the University’s food service provider) must maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with all federal, state, and local requirements.
Vendors and Suppliers of Goods and Services to be delivered to or performed on campus
As a condition for continuous or intermittent access to University campuses or facilities, vendors and suppliers of goods and services must maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with all federal, state, and local requirements.
Companies are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement.
Plans must be provided to the University upon verbal or written request and will be kept on file in the Facilities Management Office.
Vendors and suppliers of goods and services must check-in with Facilities Management and complete the COVID-19 screening process prior to accessing campus and comply with the University’s face-covering policy, physical distancing requirements, regular hand washing, and signage posted in the buildings they are entering.
All Construction Contractors must check in at the Facilities Management Office prior to working on campus and must follow University COVID-19 safety guidelines and develop written Site Specific COVID-19 Safety Plans for projects on campus that comply with all federal, state, and local requirements before work can begin.
All contractors must check-in with Facilities Management and complete the COVID-19 screening process prior to accessing campus and will be required to have their written site-specific safety plans reviewed and approved by Facilities Management prior to commencement of work on campus and will be subject to continuous review by the University leading up to project completion.
Construction Contractors who employ subcontractors are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement.
Requests for access to campus by other Visitors not described in this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should be submitted to the relevant Vice President at least 48 hours in advance of the visit. The Vice President will advance the request to the appropriate party for approval.
A visitor is defined as any individual entering UMF property who is not an employee or a registered student. Volunteers, employees of vendors or contractors that have business on campus and other people listed below are considered visitors.
- Invited speakers or hired performers / artists
- Family member of a registered student who is supporting a student related to an emergency health situation
- An individual who has an appointment for research needs that require in-person Library access
- Prospective or admitted students and their families for Admissions, recruiting or other UMF hosted events
- Donor or Alumni visits arranged by Institutional Development
- Hired contractors and vendor services for official University business
- Prospective rental clients hosted by the Conferences & Events Office
- Other visitors, on official University business, as approved by the Administration
Building access across campus will be via key card doors only to allow for contact tracing. Pedestrian foot traffic will be differentiated by direction in some areas. This may include designating areas of 1-way foot traffic, Enter-Only and Exits-Only classroom and building access points (except in the case of emergencies) and physical separation devices. Where possible, staircases have been designated UP or DOWN with proper signage.
- Fitness & Recreation Center – Yes. But with different hours of operation and new protocols. See details in the Fitness Center question below.
- Mantor Library – Yes. But by appointment only. See details in the Mantor Library question below.
- Programs for Children – One program is operating. See details in the Programs for Children question below
- Admissions Office – Yes. But by appointment only
- University Store – Yes. But with different hours of operation and new protocols
- Testing Center – Yes. But by appointment only
- Olsen Student Center – No.
- Emery Community Arts Center – No.
- Merrill Hall, including Nordica Auditorium – No.
- Alumni Theater – No.
- UMF Art Gallery – No.
- Kalikow Education Center – No.
Yes. The Fitness & Recreation Center is open to students, staff and members of the public. It has different operating hours and new protocols. The indoor swimming pool opens April 5. See details below.
UMF Fitness & Recreation Center
The Fitness & Recreation Center is open to students, staff and members of the public. It has different operating hours and new protocols.
Cloth face coverings are required in the Fitness Center at all times — even when working out.
The facility is Open Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm.
The hours of operation will be reevaluated and will be expanded as we are able and permitted.
Open spaces & activities:
- Strength training & cardio equipment
- Track — for walking only
- Multi-purpose courts — but for limited activities only (tennis, pickleball, etc.)
- Group Fitness classes (see the schedule of In-person and Virtual classes)
- One-to-One Personal Training
- NEW: Pool (see details below)
Closed spaces & activities:
- Locker rooms & showers
- The Cradles & Crayons program
- Children’s After School Program
See the Fitness & Recreation Center site for activities and details.
NEW: 3-23-2021 FRC Pool Reopens April 5
In order to be consistent with CDC, State of Maine, UMaine System and American Red Cross requirements and best practices, as well as FRC needs and limitations, there are a number of requirements and restrictions swimmers need to be aware of. It’s not yet appropriate that we resume our full slate of activities.
- Face coverings must be worn at all times on the pool deck. Only while in the water and in the shower may face coverings be removed
- Only lap swimming and water walking / jogging is permitted
- Reservations are required. There is no cost to reserve a lane
- Patrons will sign up for a 40 minute swim block and have an additional 10 minutes transition out of the pool area.
- Reservations can be made one business day in advance by stopping by or calling the FRC front desk 207-778-7495
- Only 1 swimmer per lane. Families living in the same household may have 2 swimmers in the same lane. UMF students may not share lanes
- Locker rooms are not accessible. Changing areas and showers will be limited. Please arrive in your swimsuit ready to get in the water
- Storage totes for personal belongings will be provided to each swimmer
- It is recommended to change and shower at home following your pool visit
For information about available times, requirements and restrictions, please visit The Fitness & Recreation Center website.
Yes. Mainely Outdoors gear rentals are available Mon-Thur, 11am – 7pm; Fri 11am – 5pm.
Outdoor Adventure Trips for UMF students are being scheduled.
See the Mainely Outdoors site for activities and details.
Visitors to the Mainely Outdoors building do not need to check in at Conferences & Events Office, as they will be screened at the entrance to the Mainely Outdoors building.
- Mantor Library is open to the public by appointment only for research needs and at the discretion of the Library Director on a case-by-case basis.
- Appointments for the public must be made 24 hours in advance.
- Open access to the building remains keycard only — meaning only UMF students and staff may enter.
- Curbside checkout service is available to public Mantor Library patrons.
- To arrange for an appointment or curbside pickup, contact Mantor Library at 207-778-7210 or email email@example.com.
Update: The UMF Snow Cats learn-to-ski program will be operating at Titcomb Mountain.
Limited to the first 60 registrants due to COVID protocols, Snow Cats is a learn-to-ski program for elementary school children grades K-5.
Registration is $60 / child for Titcomb members, $100 for non-members. The program will run Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, with lessons are taught by UMF students. Slots are filling up fast, but there is still space available. Submit your registration information today to guarantee your spot.
Visit UMF Snow Cats for details and registration info.
Other than the UMF Snow Cats program, mostly no. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the following Programs for Children are not operating.
- Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Center – Yes, but is not accepting new families at this time
- UMF Preschool – No
- UMF Infant-Toddler Playgroups – No
- UMF / RSU9 Public Pre-K Collaboration – Schedule To Be Determined
- Fitness & Rec Center Cradles & Crayons Children’s Program – No
- Fitness & Rec Center Children’s After School Program – No
Each internship, field work, practicum, and student teaching setting is different. We are working with all of our community and school partners to determine what in-person or alternate experiences will be feasible this fall. We are also reviewing what experiences we can support on campus.
For students, Yes. South Dining Hall is open but there are changes to the number of students who can be in South Dining Hall, to traffic flow, and to service. For instance, students will be served food, as opposed to self-serve. All meals, beverages, condiments, etc., are served until restrictions are lifted at all locations.
We also have directional signage, social distance markers at entrances / stations, seating (if able) socially distanced, and dining hall staff will be 6 feet apart at all locations including in the kitchen area.
Our current plan is to not allow visitors for the first few weeks of the Fall Semester to ensure a safe transition to campus. After the first two weeks, we plan to allow one guest per resident in the residence halls. This will be reevaluated as the semester progresses.
The Student Health Center provides “Call-in Care” instead of walk-in care for scheduling same day appointments. The front entrance is unlocked daily with the door entrance to the waiting room remaining locked. Clear signage is posted with the phone number / email and instructions for entry.
A COVID-19 pre-screen is performed on all patients prior to entrance. Any patient pre-screened for COVID-19 with positive findings will enter the Student Health Center through a specifically designated separate entrance / location (conference room). This is the only room designated for symptomatic patients that allows for ventilation.
Student Health Center staff will be completely donned in PPE prior to the patient’s arrival. This PPE will include fit-tested N95 masks. Any instruments used during evaluation will be completely sanitized as well as furniture wiped down.
The foyer is limited to 1 patient at a time and waiting room will be limited to 3 patients at a time with chairs spaced appropriately 6 feet apart. The receptionist area has additional Plexiglas installed. Patients and staff wear masks / face coverings or a face shield — no exceptions. Exam rooms, bathrooms and lab are sanitized after every visit. The waiting room is sanitized hourly or as often as staff can manage.
Appointments with Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Psychiatric Mental Health NP (Shelley and Penn) are staggered to minimize the number of patients in the Student Health Center at one time. Patients call the front desk when they arrive and are met by the Medical Assistant (MA) at the door and escorted to an exam room. Routine health care and follow-ups will continue through telehealth, as appropriate, to limit face to face visits as much as possible.
Due to the size of counseling offices, social distancing is not possible, so we use telemental health.
Yes. If a student becomes sick with COVID-19, we have isolation space on campus for them while they recuperate.
We have developed a series of pages to help guide you on our Return to Campus plans. Please check back frequently as we will update our Communication Updates and FAQs throughout the Fall Semester.Communication Updates FAQ for Students & Parents FAQ for Employees FAQ for General Public & Visitors FAQ for Vendors, Suppliers & Contractors
The University of Maine System has prepared a broad System-wide resources page and FAQ.UMaine System's Together for Maine site UMaine System's Daily COVID Updates
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.